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Ancient and Modern Art in Sri Lanka

Dambulla Cave Temple

As some of you will know, Margaret and I spent three weeks touring Sri Lanka in February, a nice break from the icy blast of winter here in West Norfolk. Before we left, Esther asked us to “look out for some art, that could make a piece for Update!” Actually, like all Asian countries, Sri Lanka has a huge tradition of sculpture and painting, stretching back over the centuries, much of it religious based.

Lydia Haines And The West Norfolk Artists’ Workshop Programme

2011: Sea Weed Printing Fund Raiser for St Nicholas Chapel

It was an exhilarating and exciting experience, as a new arrival to Norfolk in 2008, to be leading screen painting and printing workshops in St Nicholas Chapel. There was no water but an enormous table with enough space to accommodate 20 people and large screens and squeegees. I was very surprised by being in a church environment for the first time as a practising artist – gradually it dawned on me that coming to Norfolk was going to church! Everything seemed to be happening in churches all over the county.

Maeght Foundation

My daughter has lived in the South of France for more than 20 years now, and when I go to visit her, she always tries to arrange a special day out for me.

So, on a fine February morning, we set off from her village of Bar sur Loup, in the mountains above Nice, towards the village of St. Paul de Vence. This is a fortified medieval village surrounded by a high wall, and its little streets probably contain more artists per metre than anywhere I have been.

The Hague, Piet Mondrian and the Mauritshuis

Piet Mondrian
Composition with red, black, yellow, blue and grey. 1921
Gemeentemuseum

The Hague:
• Home of King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima.
• Residence Huis ten Bosch.
• Seat of the Cabinet of the Netherlands. (tweedekamer)
• International Court of Justice.

In mid-September I visited The Hague; the purpose of my visit “Discovering Mondrian” an exhibition at the Gemeentmuseum in the city. The Gemeentemuseum houses and owns the largest and best collection of Mondrian’s’ in the world.

As a devotee of Mondrian’s oeuvre and a fascination in his unique journey from being a very competent landscape painter to the very modern abstract art for which he is better known today.

SAVING GREYFRIARS ART SPACE

Greyfriars Art Space first began in February 2008, when Jill North, with a group of B.A. Fine Art students, based at the College of West Anglia, decided that there was no affordable space in Kings Lynn for emerging young artists to show their work. Jill was able to purchase the property at 43 St James Street, and together with friends transformed it into the attractive small gallery we know today.

Only One Of Its Kind

Colin with Ivan Potter radio operator and air gunner on Wellingtons.

60ft Wellington Bomber Aircraft Mural

Saturday 30th September 2017 at 1500hrs. The day The Wellington Wall Mural was unveiled.

On Friday morning 29th September, Forces TV arrived to film and interview the owners of The Wellington pub at Feltwell, Mr Mrs Samuels and also the artist Colin Mason from the Arts Lounge Gallery in Swaffham. The interview and film of the mural went out on Forces TV News on Saturday 30th September and Monday 1st October.

New Government Consultation on Sales of Ivory in the UK

The Government has just launched a new consultation on sales of ivory in the UK, which will run until 29 December.

Many highly respected galleries feel totally in favour of a ban on the movement and trading of ivory dating from the last 30 years, but believe that anything made partly or wholly from ivory over 30 years ago should be granted immunity provided it has the requisite CITES permit.

Making a Painting: The Process Explored

What shall I paint ? is a question I fairly frequently ask myself. I know that I want to avoid repeating myself too slavishly because my work would soon feel like a pastiche of itself or show me that I am stuck. Which of course I often am. I seem to be searching as I paint as well as responding. Conscious intention mingles with the experience revealing itself. For some time now I have been taking photographs of my paintings and drawings as they evolve. For me the actual journey is as important as the final stage.